An Israeli airstrike on the Jabaliya refugee camp in Gaza that killed at least 195 could amount to a war crime, the UN’s Human Rights Office said in a statement.
Martin Griffiths, the UN under-secretary for humanitarian affairs, called the bombing the “latest atrocity” inflicted on the Palestinian people. Despite the outright slaughter of innocents, the Israeli military kept repeating their line that the slaughter of innocent civilians, most children, was terrible but it is a direct result of Hamas fighters embedding themselves among the civilian population.
The UN said there is already evidence that war crimes have been committed by both sides in the conflict. Hamas has killed hundreds of innocent civilians and taken nearly 300 hostages, which are crimes under international law.
The Guardian noted that the International Committee of the Red Cross said Israel’s decision to order a million Gazans to leave their homes, “coupled with the complete siege, explicitly denying them food, water and electricity are not compatible with international humanitarian law.” (See “ISRAEL ATTACKS UN CHIEF FOR SAYING THEIR SLAUGHTER OF INNOCENTS AND DESTRUCTION OF GAZA ARE ‘CLEAR VIOLATIONS’ OF INTERNATIONAL LAW” 31 Oct 2023 and “U.S. REJECTS UN RESOLUTION DEMANDING HUMANITARIAN PAUSE IN GAZA” 24 Oct 2023.)
TRENDPOST: It is worth noting that it really doesn’t matter if Israel is committing war crimes because it would be prosecuted in the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. Israel, with the backing of the U.S., has said the court cares little about the law and is simply a political body.
In 2015, a UN investigation found that both Israel and Palestinian resistors could have committed war crimes during Israel’s Operation Protective Edge, which was launched in 2014.
The fight lasted for 50 days and ended in a truce, the report said. But the deal was reached after 2,251 Palestinians were killed, including 1,462 civilians. Israel suffered the deaths of just 67 soldiers and only six civilians.
Muhammad Shtayyah, Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority, called the decision to investigate a “message to the perpetrators of crimes, that their crimes will not be subject to a statute of limitations, and that they will not go unpunished.”
Global South Rejects Israel
Bolivia and other South American countries took diplomatic action against Israel over its indiscriminate bombings of one of the poorest, most repressed cities on Earth.
Bolivia cut all ties to Jerusalem “in repudiation and condemnation of the aggressive and disproportionate Israeli military offensive taking place in the Gaza Strip.”
Chile and Colombia have recalled their ambassadors and Argentina condemned Israel’s attack on the Jabalia refugee camp, Al Jazeera reported.
GZero Media noted that Bolivia never had good relations with Israel, so the decision was not too surprising. In 2009, the country cut ties with Israel over its invasion of Gaza, but ties were put back in place under President Jeanine Áñez, who was considered rightwing.
Chile is believed to have the largest Palestinian diaspora outside the Middle East, with up to 500,000 members, the report said.
Chile slammed Israel for not adhering to international law and said the airstrikes were a “collective punishment of the Palestinian civilian population in Gaza.”
Gustavo Petro, the leftwing president of Colombia, has recently spoken out against Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant who said in the beginning stages of the war that his country was “fighting human animals and we are acting accordingly.”
Petro posted on X: “This is what the Nazis said about the Jews.”
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the head of Brazil, criticized the “insanity” of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “[in] wanting to destroy the Gaza Strip but forgetting that there aren’t just Hamas soldiers there but also women and children who are the big victims of this war,” The Guardian reported.
“Just because Hamas committed a terrorist act against Israel, it doesn’t mean Israel has to kill millions of innocent people,” Lula said.
TRENDPOST: Sen. Lindsey Graham, who never saw a war he didn’t like, told CNN last week that there is no amount of Palestinian casualties that would make him question Israel.
He was asked if there was some kind of threshold that would make the U.S. step back and reconsider acceptable Israeli tactics.
“No. If somebody asked us after World War II, ‘Is there a limit, what would you do to make sure that Japan and Germany don’t conquer the world?’ Is there any limit what Israel should do to the people who are trying to slaughter the Jews? The answer is no. There is no limit.
“But here’s what you need to do. Be smart. Let’s try to limit civilian casualties the best we can. Let’s put humanitarian aid in areas that protect the innocent. I’m all for that. But this idea that Israel has to apologize for attacking Hamas, who’s embedded with their own population, needs to stop. The goal is to destroy Hamas. Hamas is creating these casualties – not Israel.”
Video also emerged of Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., addressing Congress last week urging “the other side” against throwing around the term “innocent Palestinian civilians.”
“I don’t think we would so innocently throw around the term: Innocent Nazi civilians during WWII,” he said.
TREND FORECAST: Israel is creating an entire new generation of not only Palestinians filled with rage and hate, but people across the globe as they witness the mass destruction and mass genocide slaughter by Israel on Palestinians in both Gaza and the West Bank.
What is happening now has never happened since Israel was created some 75 years ago. While the politicians of the West support Israel, the protests raging across continents against Israel have never been as large or as forceful.